An early-season ankle injury has prevented Jordan Obita from being involved in the early stages of Reading’s 2017/18 campaign… but now that he is back in training again, he is keen to get involved as soon as the time is right.
However Jordan, who signed a new three-year deal with the Royals last week, knows that these things can’t be rushed too much, and that it will require some patience – and in particular listening closely to the advice proffered by Jon Urwin and his medical staff at the club.
“It’s still the same injury from last season from the first leg of the semi-final against Fulham,” he explained. “I trained a couple of sessions in pre-season, played two games, but it just wasn’t quite right.
“I pulled out because I wanted to try and make my ankle 100% like it was before, then push on from there… to kick on and get going again this season.
“I’ve been watching the games and studying, been working really hard in the gym and with the sports science boys, just trying to get my fitness going and ready to kick-start my season.
“I don’t want to come back early, blow up and be in and out of the team. I want to get myself right and, when I do come back, I can hopefully stay in.
“You can see the quality of the new boys that have come in, they’ve done well and I want to be a part of it! I want to join in with them and have some success this year.”